The visuals make the track highly atmospheric. A perfect blend of vision and beauty tinged with an unforgiving gloom.

Women are the future of metal. This is not a fad as female fronted acts are seemingly coming out of nowhere! The sounds and styles are as varied as they are amazing. Every genre is being invaded, including black metal…

Myrkur is the Icelandic word for “Darkness” and a female black metal artist from New York. Established back in 2013, this is an effort that has been cloaked in suspicion nearly since its inception. Is Myrkur really a clever marketing strategy created by Relapse Records or something much more? I choose to believe the latter, I can’t imagine a band covering Bathory‘s “Song To Hall Up High” being a part of some global conspiracy to trick fans. This is the real deal. “Ulvinde” is the first music video to be released in support of Myrkur’s sophomore effort (M – 2015) due out September 15th via Relapse Records.

The music reminds me slightly of Opera IX back when Cadaveria was the vocalist, true poetic darkness. The visuals make the track highly atmospheric. A perfect blend of vision and beauty tinged with an unforgiving gloom. Dull colors with symbols brandishing the unknown. Like a sound track to our entrapment, this is a trance worthy of the Pied Piper.  The forest shots of Myrkur make me think of William Friedkin’s The Guardian. A beautiful nymph with a dark secret, like a sirens of the sea, she is out for blood. The entire video gives you the feeling there’s something evil waiting around the corner. About half way through the offering the music and visuals change, the beast is unveiled. Eerie stop motion shots are reminiscent of the Evil Dead. The desolate landscapes hold a dark foreboding. The ring and symbol foreshadowing a purpose yet to be known.

I’d never heard of Myrkur before seeing this video but she is on my metal radar now. “Ulvinde” is a visual cobweb of nature and witchcraft. The poem ends as it begins and we are left to wonder if this incantation actually worked, I think it did. Check out Myrkur’s “Ulvinde” and let this somber music cast a spell on you! \m/

Myrkur are:

  • Myrkur – Vocals, Guitars Bass
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